IAAF set to ban Russia from Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) has released a 350 page document accusing Russia of a spate of breaches regarding anti-doping regulations and implying state sponsored doping. The report has recommended that the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) suspend Russia from competition immediately.

It is alleged that positive tests were covered up at the Moscow anti-doping lab and that money was demanded of athletes to make evidence of drugs offences disappear. In addition, the state was implicated with evidence of "direct intimidation and interference by the Russian state with the Moscow laboratory operations" through the FSB (the successor to the KGB ).

Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF,has taken the urgent step of seeking approval from his fellow IAAF Council Members to consider sanctions against the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF). However, he has also stated that his instinct was one of "engagement rather than isolation".

The US Anti-Doping Association (USADA) were also quick to issue a statement applauding WADA on "exposing a Russian effort to takeover sport through unlawful means". The USA seems to be going in the opposite direction by using the law itself to take over sport.The USA's own version of Russia's FSB, the FBI, were used to bring pressure on FIFA corruption including their awarding of World Cup 2018 to Russia and many are implying US pressure in this investigation on the Russian Athletic Federations's practices.

Similarly, there is a groundswell of criticism against the USA regarding it's comments on other country's doping after the controversy surrounding many of their athletes including Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin. The USA has also been very critical of Jamaica's anti-doping programme despite athletics poster boy Usain Bolt himself never testing positive for any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

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